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Carnivorous Plants in the Wilderness
by Makoto Honda
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Dionaea muscipula                                                                                                                                    © 2009 Makoto Honda. All Rights Reserved

A sleeping beauty.  Spines along the outer edge of the leaf blades --- referred to as "cilia" by some authors --- intermesh as the trap snaps shut upon stimulation to the trigger hairs. A tight seal of the trap indicates the digestive process is well underway as a back-lit trap reveals a shadow of a fly trapped inside..

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